Due to the tech factor in the modern world if there’s one thing that every person is experiencing is stress. It comes at us like a raging downpour that leaves us breathing for air.
What can be the factor? Can technology be a factor? Why does technology invented to make our lives easier only seem to make it more difficult?
And if the technology is to blame, is it only going to get worse in the future?
However, we are often driven in our daily life with the barrage of modern technology. It’s getting harder to find someone without a smartphone, and the coming generations will not remember a time when such technology wasn’t normal.
You can achieve this in a number of easy ways: Devote some time for exercise, yoga or meditation, go for a walk during your break time, Take a nap or lie down to calm, read a book or journal, Have a no smartphone, ignore the email or social media between specific hours.
Here are some top 5 stressors:
1. Perpetual Distraction: The constant vibrating, beeping, and flashing of notifications means that we are constantly careless and driven to postpone what we are doing to check our phones. Certainly, a UK study found that smartphone users unlock their phones on average 85 times a day; and use it for about five hours each day. This means we are unable to focus our attention and concentrate things properly into our memory, causing us to feel more and more ‘goldfish-like’, which can be quite distressing in itself.
2. Sleep Deregulation: Many of us use our phones at bedtime. You get into bed intending to go to sleep, but you just want to check your phone just for ‘a second’ to find out something innocuous like tomorrow’s weather and then an hour later, there you are watching a totally different video, trying to decide whether you hear a computerized voice saying the word ‘yanny’ or ‘laurel’. Looking at our phones when we should be going to sleep has the double malediction effect of over-stimulating our brains, making it hard to switch off, and exposing us to blue light from the screen. Research suggests that blue screen disclosure can reduce melatonin production, which interrupts our circadian rhythm, making it difficult for us to fall asleep. Unfortunately, poor sleep tends to mean lower stability and higher levels of anxiety, stress.
3. Work-Life Balance: In the past, there was always a clear limitation between where the work-life ends and home life begins. Most of us have our work emails on our phones, making us frequently available and contactable. This makes it very tough for us to ever truly disengage from work and relax.
4. F.O.M.O: Or else you can say Fear Of Missing Out is essentially a type of social suspicion that occurs from the fear that you are missing out on something; whether it’s an event, work or social opportunity, a potential connection, or communication, or just something cool and ethereal that you might like to see or be part of. So we want to be connected. ‘just in case’. To test this, just ask your friends and family if they’ve ever deemed coming off social media. Like us, they probably have, but the majority may be deciding not to because of FOMO. Ironically, the more connected we are, the more likely we may be to encounter FOMO because it is often caused by the posts we see on social media sites like Facebook instructing us to believe our friends and compatriots are having thrilling or interesting experiences in our absence.
5. Social Comparison: We can’t help but compare ourselves to others, and social comparison theory indicates that we use these types of comparisons to analyze how we think and feel about ourselves. Social Media, by its nature, energetically motivates social comparison, as it is littered with data that can easily be used as metrics of obvious social success e.g. friends, shares, likes, followers, and so on. These metrics are troublesome in themselves because if we don’t get enough likes on comments or pictures we have posted, or if someone has more likes or friends than us, it can make us feel deficient. Similarly, the difference between real life and what people actually post on social media means that we tend to only see an awfully edited ‘highlight reel’ of other people’s lives. This effectively gives the false opinion that others lead a more exciting, interesting, perfect life than our own, which in reality has its decent share of ups and downs for everyone heightening the likelihood of negative social comparisons being made, which can have serious effects on our wellbeing.
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